United States Intelligence officials believe Russia has chosen to knowingly ignore an international treaty that prohibits the testing of nuclear weapons. The U.S. intelligence agency assessed the situation and released information on Wednesday, addressing the fact that this was the first time U.S has accused Russia of not adhering to stipulations under the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Via the Wall Street Journal.
“The United States believes that Russia probably is not adhering to its nuclear-testing moratorium in a manner consistent with the ‘zero yield’ standard.” Said director of U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley.
“We believe they have the capability to do it, the way that they’re set up,” Ashley proclaimed.
Intelligence officials have gathered enough evidence to suspect the Russian military of operating low-yield nuclear weapons testing. The Russian nuclear testing supposedly occurred in Novaya Zemlya, which is described as a “remote arctic archipelago in Russia.” Via the Daily Caller.
Until now, Russia officials have abided by the guidelines of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which completely restricts all nuclear operated explosion tests. According to the Wall Street Journal, the nuclear peace treaty is not technically certified in enough countries to officially take action, but a number of nations, including Russia and the U.S., have accepted to comply with the nuclear treaty terms.
Experiments on nuclear projects are deemed normal and necessary, tests are continuously conducted on different sectors of nuclear weapons, the multitude of tests are intended to improve the overall safety and function of the weapons. The experiments on these nuclear weapons are permitted under the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, as long as the tests do not result in any type of explosion yield.
Numerous arms control advocates believe the best way to enforce, and even monitor the terms of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty are being followed, would be to simply ratify it...
“The most effective way for the United States to enforce compliance with the zero-yield standard is for the U.S. to ratify the treaty and help bring it into force, which would allow for intrusive, short-notice on-site inspections.” Said Executive Director of the Arms Control Association, Daryl Kimball.
According to the Daily Caller, back in February, President Trump and his administration decided to withdraw the United States from the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty after Russia reportedly violated the negotiated treaty terms.
Currently, U.S. and Russia follow guidelines for a long-range nuclear weapons treaty, this agreement quickly expires in February, 2021. President Trump and his administration have yet to release information on whether the expiring treaty will be renewed or not. Via the Wall Street Journal.